aardwolf

noun aard·wolf \ -ˌwu̇lf \

Definition of aardwolf

plural aardwolves play \-ˌwu̇lvz\
:a maned striped nocturnal mammal (Proteles cristatus) of southern and eastern Africa that resembles the related hyenas and feeds chiefly on insects and especially termites

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Origin and Etymology of aardwolf

borrowed from early Afrikaans, from aarde "earth" + wolf "wolf"; akin to Old English eorthe "earth" and to Old English wulf "wolf" — more at 1earth, 1wolf
Note: Regarding early Afrikaans aarde, see note at aardvark. The modern Afrikaans name for the animal is maanhaarjakkal.



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